AGRIFORVALOR Project presented with CommBeBiz Innovation Award at Annual Meeting

London, 21. - 22. February

Published on 03-03-2017 09:43:42 by AGRIFORVALOR

CakePHP The CommBeBiz annual meeting was held in London this year, with over 100 people from across Europe in attendance. AGRIFORVALOR was represented by the Irish project partners from the Institute of Technology Tralee at this 2-day event.

The European Business Network (EBN) held a workshop on day 1, giving in-depth information regarding the SME Instrument, IP and Finance. The next session involved a welcome from CommBeBiz project coordinator Rhonda Smith in the UK Parliamentary Offices, where speakers included Kit Malthouse MP & Stephen Metcalfe MP who teased out the implications of Brexit on EU & UK research collaborations. Later on day 1 with a return to the Institute of Materials a ‘Twilight Workshop’ was held around the topic of social media as a communication tool for scientists and researchers.

Day 2 opened with Phillip Lymbery’s video contribution titled Farmageddon and then moved on to session 2 in which groups formed around experts in areas such as the SME Instrument, IP, Business Plan Development, Free Advice for Bioeconomy Projects & Responsible Research. Following on from this, a selection of ideas were pitched to a panel of experts for feedback and after lunch Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology & former UK Champion for Global Food Security spoke on the Bioeconomy & Sustainability.

Following the announcement of the CommBeBiz photo competition winner in the afternoon, AGRIFORVALOR was presented with their ‘Innovation Award’ for 2017. The audience then heard from three speakers around the idea of ‘Bringing Research to Life’. Dr. Helena McMahon, AGRIFORVALOR Hub Manager in Ireland spoke in this session giving attendees and insight into how to bring research to life by connecting multi-actors and creating real relationships across borders and boundaries.

For further information on the CommBeBiz project, to join their network and find information on upcoming events go to